Carol Platt Liebau: And So It Begins

Monday, February 04, 2008

And So It Begins

Not long ago, I wrote on this blog that "temperament" would become one of the most widely buzzed-about words in this year's presidential election. In fact, temperament is the new "gravitas". Also, here, I observed that McCain's status as a press darling wouldn't last when he became the only Republican left standing.

Well, in today's Washington Post, you'll find this:

But others have outright rejected the idea of a McCain nomination and presidency, warning that his tirades suggest a temperament unfit for the Oval Office.

"The thought of his being president sends a cold chill down my spine," Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.), also a senior member of the Appropriations panel, told the Boston Globe recently. "He is erratic. He is hotheaded. He loses his temper and he worries me."

A former colleague says McCain's abrasive nature would, at minimum, make his relations with Republicans on Capitol Hill uneasy if he were to become president. McCain could find himself the victim of Republicans who will not go the extra mile for him on legislative issues because of past grievances.

It's hardly a secret that McCain is hardly popular with his Senate colleagues, at least the Republican ones.

McCain hasn't even won the nomination yet -- and already, he's getting hammered by the MSM. Don't make the mistake of thinking there isn't more to come.


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